Eating nuts regularly could significantly improve your sperm health, a new study says.
BBC reports that men who participated in the study and ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable “swimmers”.
The scientists took 119 healthy men between the ages of 18 and 35 into split them randomly into two groups – one added 60 grams (2oz) of nuts a day to their normal diet, while the other set made no changes to what they ate.
Those who were in the group who ate nuts saw their sperm count improve by 14%, vitality by 4%, motility (movement) by 6% and morphology (shape and size) by 1%.
Dr Albert Salas-Huetos, from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Spain, who led the study said: “Evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception.”
Dr Virginia Bolton, formerly consultant clinical embryologist at Guy’s Hospital in London, said the findings were “interesting academically” but it was impossible to say what effect they would have in terms of boosting the chances of pregnancy. She added: “But meanwhile, until we get the answers to the questions, we should all be encouraging all of our patients to stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, eat healthily, all of the standard things.”
One of our brilliant journalists, Shaun Freeman, investigated whether or not laptops can affect your sperm count…
Infertility is something that can often be avoidable. There are numerous environmental factors that contribute to the issue.
Around 35% of men are sub-fertile (less fertile than normal) whilst at least 2% are completely infertile.
Laptops are an increasing worry in terms of damaging our swimmers…
I, like many of you, spend a prolonged amount of time with a laptop on my lap. I mean, it’s in the name right? Whether it’s binging Netflix in bed or sat on the sofa studying.
We all know (or should know) that our plums hang off the body to maintain a cooler temperature. 40C cooler than your other tissues in fact for optimum sperm production.
So what does this mean?
Well laptops heat up, which in turn heats up anything in close proximity, something I’ve decided to refer to as glo-ball warming.
Yes glo-ball warming. A term I just confidently created and hope catches on.
Research has suggested that resting a laptop on your groin-area can apparently increase the temperature by up to 30C. Obviously not ideal when taking into account they’re meant to be 40C cooler.
One guy actually took the dangers to the next level. He had to be treated after suffering ‘extensive blistering’ when resting his laptop on his lap.
Gotta’ feel for the guy – wouldn’t want to explain that one in a medical setting.
It’s not just a temperature issue
Aside from the rising temperatures having a negative effect, wi-fi has also been cited as a possible damaging factor.
In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men.
14% who were exposed to just high heat suffered non-swimming sperm. However 25% of those exposed to both high heat and wi-fi suffered the same fate.
Apparently this was due to Electromagnetic radiation generated during wireless communication.
Some advice for healthy sperm…
- Use laptops at a desk rather than resting it on yourself.
- Avoid tight pants and underwear.
- Keep the use of hot tubs and saunas to a minimum.
- Avoid unusually hot conditions as much as possible.
In a NUTshell – don’t cook your boys, let them breathe.